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Janet Lynn's article

Updated on November 18, 2014

Lynn speaks out

Janet Lynn published an article a few years ago.

It seems that the COP troubled Lynn deeply even though it was before Sochi when Lynn wrote the article.

In that article, Lynn expressed her particular concerns about what the COP and its emphasis might cause the figure skating and its subsequent defects.

Looking back, Lynn's concerns have already become a reality, as the ISU propagated its criminal agenda using the so called point-based merits to produce deformed monster rather than aesthetic athleticism.

Again, the problem is not the system, but judges and the institution.

Whatever Lynn tried to amend in that article, one thing seems clear to me: Janet Lynn is not just a one-of-a-kind athlete, but a profound philosopher.

Lynn's article

Peggy Fleming in 1968

Lynn articulates on how the current judging system's regulation actually disservices skaters' creativity by "dictat[ing] what skaters must perform."

Of course we don't have to think Lynn criticizes the COP itself although it was prior to Sochi Scandal when Lynn's article was published.

As I mentioned before, it is judges that make the system worthwhile.

But as Lynn pointed, when judges don't play their due roles properly and rationally, the system becomes a monstrous abnormality.

That makes every point meaningless and turns "those rules for measurement" into "head-splitting concoction of computations"

Lynn identifies "a system that creates a muscular map in a skater’s body that allows for freedom and safety while moving on ice."

This is a very important point Lynn tries to teach skaters today.

According to Lynn, there is a physiological sysem that helps skaters understand how to move and maneuver, minimiazing risk of injuries.

That needs to be mastered.

Lynn laments that that system "died a slow death and has been buried without even a tombstone."

Lynn's diagnosis is up to point that today's skaters "do not know [even] the system existed, though it gave skaters essential building blocks for gloriously gliding, turning, jumping and spinning on ice for almost a hundred years."

The irony is that when I first read her article a few years back, I never paid attention to the content. What had left in my mind at that time was Lynn's eloquence and heartwarming concerns about skaters whose safety is in jeopardy under the high demand of jumping technique.

At the time Yuna Kim was at the height of her career, so not many, including me, thought Lynn's concerns would come to a reality too soon.

But now it appears that I am voicing every bit of Lynn's concerns a few years ago.

The present state of figure skating mainly stemmed from the ISU's corruption, but the situation seems running out of time.

Janet Lynn in 1970

In Lynn's article, Lynn described the current ISU and its practice in competitive field as "totalitarian".

Lynn, way before Sochi Scandal, defined the character of present figure skating as totalitarian. Now that I look back, it has become a visionary verdict on the current figure skating.

The irony is that the totalitarian nature of skating the ISU created actually shows the very color of the institution.

Of course, the real problem lies not in the system, but the judges and the ISU. One thing is obvious that the ISU has no vision of figure skating.

Lynn's article foresaw how the ISU actually would misuse the system in the future, and what it would bring forth.

How right was she, by calling the then ISU's COP ambition "totalitarian", now that the ISU hides behind the curtain of the so called point-based system and its pretentious legitimacy.

It's like, Hey here is the score based on points and this shows "measurable" objectivity!

With that phony legitimacy on the protocol sheets of judging arbitrariness, the ISU continues to fool the whole world.

Yuna Kim in 2010

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